Kevin De Bruyne given THREE out of 10 in L’Equipe’s savage Champions League ratings


Kevin De Bruyne given THREE out of 10 in L’Equipe’s savage Champions League ratings… while Neymar gets five and ‘sharp’ Kylian Mbappe scores a seven, but Lionel Messi is only given a SIX despite stunner against City

  • Kevin De Bruyne struggled to influence proceedings and was rated at just 3/10 
  • Lionel Messi, who scored a sublime first goal for PSG, could only muster a six 
  • Neymar was rated at 5/10 but Kylian Mbappe’s performance was rated at 7/10 
  • The highest scorers at eight were Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marquinhos, Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti 
  • Yet Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish were rated lowly at just 4/10 


Kevin De Bruyne was slammed by L’Equipe’s Champions League player ratings last night as Man City’s chief playmaker scored just three out of 10 for his display against PSG. 

Strikes either side of half-time from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi – his first goal since arriving from Barcelona – gave PSG three vital points in a mouthwatering contest between two of Europe’s powerhouses. 

Yet De Bruyne was not the only City player downgraded, with Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish scoring four out of 10, while Messi scored just a 6/10 despite his stunning strike. 

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was slammed by L’Equipe’s player ratings last night

Lionel Messi was rated at just 6/10 by L'Equipe despite a stunning first goal for PSG

Lionel Messi was rated at just 6/10 by L’Equipe despite a stunning first goal for PSG 

Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish were rated at just 4/10 by the French newspaper

Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish were rated at just 4/10 by the French newspaper 

PSG’s other star attackers, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, scored five and seven out of 10 respectively, with team-mates Gueye, Marquinhos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marco Verratti all scoring eight out of 10. 

For Messi, the paper said: ‘So that’s a genius. A player able to miss everything for seventy minutes, to multiply the bad choices, not to weigh on the offensive animation of his team if it is not by a few first passes in the heart of the game and, suddenly, to make raise a stage on an acceleration and a divine strike. 

‘His first goal with Paris (on his only shot), in such a paradoxical evening, will remain in the legend.’ 

Neymar, on the other hand, was described as ‘not successful in his one on one’ but Mbappe was analysed as being ‘sharp’ with ‘things to prove.’  

Only two City players – Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo – scored above five with their six out of 10s, with Rodri also rated at just a four. 

Neymar (left) only scored 5/10 while a 'sharp' Kylian Mbappe was rated with a seven out of 10

Neymar (left) only scored 5/10 while a ‘sharp’ Kylian Mbappe was rated with a seven out of 10

Idrissa Gueye (right) scored PSG's first goal and was their joint highest-scorer at 8/10

Idrissa Gueye (right) scored PSG’s first goal and was their joint highest-scorer at 8/10 

PSG’s average score was 6.6, with only Presnel Kimpembe scoring below six, while City’s average was 4.7. 

The French newspaper is known for it’s harsh player ratings post-match and even City boss Pep Guardiola did not escape criticism, scoring five out of 10. 

The paper described his role: ‘He again lined up a starting XI without a ‘real’ centre forward leaving Ferran Torres on the bench until the end, and we can not say that it was a success even if it is difficult to blame him for the game…

‘Through his coaching, he failed to thwart the Parisian stranglehold.’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola did not escape criticism either, scoring five out of 10

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola did not escape criticism either, scoring five out of 10

De Bruyne, who was booked in the first-half for a tackle on Gueye, was rated as follows: ‘He was far too discreet for such an event. 

‘He does not even save his evening on his attempts, stumbling over Donnarumma in a tight angle  and on a free kick. His yellow card for an ugly sole on Gueye’s shin perhaps deserved a red.’ 

Mauricio Pochettino, who needed a positive result after slipping up to Club Brugge on matchday one, scored 7/10 following the home win.  

City were fully in the contest at the Parc des Princes and will rue Bernardo Silva’s gaping miss from two yards out in the first-half, on a night which will be remembered for Messi’s first goal in a Paris shirt.  

L’EQUIPE’S PLAYER RATINGS  

PSG – 6.6 

Donnarumma – 8 

Hakimi – 6 

Marquinhos – 8 

Kimpembe – 5 

Nuno Mendes – 6 

Herrera – 6 

Verratti – 8 

Gueye – 8 

Messi – 6

Mbappe – 7 

Neymar – 5 

Pochettino – 7  

MAN CITY – 4.7 

Ederson – 5

Walker – 6 

Dias – 5 

Laporte – 5

Cancelo – 6 

Bernardo – 5 

Rodri – 4 

De Bruyne – 3

Mahrez – 5 

Sterling – 4

Grealish – 4

Guardiola – 5 

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